Sir Max Hastings

Hastings is an author, journalist, and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He now writes regularly for the Daily Mail and Financial Times, and reviews books for the Sunday Times and New York Review of Books. He has published 23 books, among the most recent of which are All Hell Let Loose, a history of World War II; Did You Really Shoot The Television?: A Family Fable; Finest Years: Churchill As Warlord 1940–45; Armageddon: The Battle For Germany 1944–45; and Nemesis: The Battle For Japan 1944–45. In 2008, he received the Westminster Medal of the RUSI for his lifetime contribution to military literature, and in 2009 the Edgar Wallace Trophy of the London Press Club. In 2012, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library of Chicago presented him with its $100,000 Literary Award for lifetime achievement. He was knighted in 2002 for services to journalism. 

Alex Kershaw

Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed best sellers The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, The Few, The Liberator, and Escape from the Deep, as well as biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg, and Robert Capa. An honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment, he began his research for his latest book, Avenue of Spies, while leading a tour of Europe for The National WWII Museum. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son. He is currently researching a follow-up book to The Bedford Boys about D-Day. Kershaw has been associated with the Museum for many years, having presented as a Gen. Raymond E. Mason Distinguished Lecturer, as well as at many of our previous International Conferences. In addition, Kershaw has led many of the Museum’s tours to the WWII sites of England, Normandy, and the Ardennes.

Donald L. Miller, PhD

Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and an expert on World War II, among other topics in American history. Three of his nine books are about World War II: The Story of World War II, D-Days in the Pacific, and Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Masters of the Air is the primary source for HBO’s upcoming miniseries of the same title, on which Miller is serving as chief historical consultant. He was also a historical consultant for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific, and served as writer and chief historical consultant for WWII in HD, a 10-hour series that aired on the History Channel. Miller currently sits on the Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board and has been a key advisor to The National WWII Museum on many projects, including various content elements for the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. In June 2014, Miller was one of the Museum’s featured tour historians on its 70th Anniversary of D-Day Cruise.

David Kennedy, PhD

A Seattle native, Kennedy received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and his graduate training at Yale. He is professor of history emeritus and founding director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 40 years. Graduating seniors have four times elected him Class Day speaker and he has received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Hoagland Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. His research has focused principally on 20th century American history. His book Over Here: The First World War and American Society was a jury-nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and the University of Florence, Italy, and has lectured on American history in more than a dozen countries. His most recent book is The Modern American Military.

Richard Frank

Frank is an internationally renowned expert on the Pacific War. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he was commissioned in the US Army, in which he served for nearly four years, including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam as an aerorifle platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. His works include Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Campaign, which won the United States Marine Corps’ General Wallace M. Greene Award; Downfall: The end of the Imperial Japanese Empire, which won the 2000 Harry S. Truman Book Award; and MacArthur. He has appeared numerous times on or consulted for programs on television and radio, and was also a historical consultant and appeared as a key interviewee in the HBO miniseries The Pacific. He is working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asia–Pacific war. Frank also sits on the Museum’s Presidential Counselors advisory board.

Symposium Thursday 11/17

A full-day program featuring insights into themes and issues connected to espionage during the war and afterward.
Hosted in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum

  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, PhD

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am The Gen. Raymond E. Mason Distinguished Lecture on World War II

    The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas—1939-1945 Sir Max Hastings

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am

    Break & Book Signing

  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am

    Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring Peter Duffy

  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Break, Book Signing, and Box Lunch

  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris Alex Kershaw

  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

    Break & Book Signing

  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    The Last Goodnight: A WWII Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal Howard Blum

  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Break & Book Signing

  • 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

    A Conversation with an OSS Veteran

  • 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

    Closing Remarks and Adjournment

Conference Thursday 11/17

Opening Reception in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion. Opening Keynote hosted in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at The National WWII Museum.

  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Opening Reception

  • 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Opening Keynote

    Year Zero: Unconditional Victory? Ian Buruma

  • 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

    Book Signing

  • 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm

    Shuttle Service to the Hyatt Regency

Conference Friday 11/18

All sessions hosted at Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel

  • 8:00 am – 9:15 am Victors’ Justice: The War Crimes Trials


    Oral History Showcase

    The Wrongs Which We Seek to Condemn and Punish: The European War Crimes Trials Peter Maguire

    Stern Justice Shall Be Meted Out: The War Crimes Trials in the East Gerhard Weinberg, PhD

    Audience Q&A

  • 9:15 am – 9:40 am

    Break and Book Signing

  • 9:40 am – 11:20 am Pursuit of War Criminals: To Punish or to Partner?

    Oral History Showcase

    Operation Paperclip: The Manhunt for Nazi Scientists Annie Jacobsen

    Nazis on the Run: How Hitler’s Henchmen Fled Justice Gerald Steinacher, PhD

    The American Cover-Up of Japanese War Crimes Linda Goetz Holmes

    Audience Q&A

  • 11:20 am – 12:00 pm

    Break, Book Signing, and Box Lunch

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm The General Raymond E. Mason Distinguished Lecture on World War II

    Unconditional Jubilation: The World the War Made David Kennedy, PhD

    Audience Q&A

  • 1:00 pm – 1:25 pm

    Break and Book Signing

  • 1:25 pm – 2:25 pm Willie and Joe Back Home: Bill Mauldin and Drawing Post-War America

    Todd Depastino, PhD

    Oral History Showcase: "The Two Tousand Yard Satre: The Emotional Scars of War"

    Audience Q&A

  • 2:25 pm – 2:50 pm

    Break & Book Signing

  • 2:50 pm – 4:00 pmHe Has Seen War

    A discussion of the powerful documentary with producer Kirk Saduski and associate producer Donald Miller, PhD


    Audience Q&A

  • 4:00 pm – 4:25 pm

    Break and Book Signing

  • 4:25 pm – 6:00 pm Those Left Behind

    Oral History Showcases: "Recovering the Ghosts of the Fallen" and "Orphaned by War"

    Safely Rest: Bringing our Boys Home for Burial David Colley

    Bringing Them Home: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Michael Dolski, PhD

    “My Phantom Father”—The Search for Lt. Estill Sharon Taylor, PhD

    Audience Q&A

  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Meet the Speaker Reception

Conference Saturday 11/19

All daytime sessions take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am

    The Baptist Community Ministries “Faith in Wartime” Presentation
    Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler and the Covert Birth of the Western Cold War Alliance Mark Riebling

  • 9:00 am – 9:25 am

    Break and Book Signing

  • 9:25 am – 10:50 am The Iron Curtain: The Descent and the Western Response

    The Soviet Subjugation of Eastern Europe Alexandra Richie, DPhil

    Drawing a Line in the Sand for Democracy: The Western Response to the Soviet Union Conrad Crane, PhD

    Audience Q&A

  • 10:50 am – 11:15 am

    Break and Book Signing

  • 11:15 am – 12:40 pm The Emperor: MacArthur, Hirohito, and Ruling Postwar Japan

    Richard Frank

    Audience Q&A

  • 12:40 pm – 1:05 pm

    Break and Book Signing

  • 1:05 pm – 2:15 pm The War Is Over but the Fighting Continues

    Stalin’s Puppet: The Great Leader and the Forming of Modern Korea Allan Millett, PhD

    The Chinese Civil War: Mao Victorious Hans van de Ven, PhD

    Audience Q&A

  • 2:15 pm – 2:40 pm

    Break and Book Signing

  • 2:40 pm – 4:05 pm America: Democracy’s Bastion

    Warfare State: WWII Americans and the Age of Big Government James Sparrow, PhD

    The United Nations and Human Rights Allida Black, PhD

    Homeward Bound? The Return of Polish Jews in 1946 Sarah Cramsey, PhD

    Audience Q&A

  • 4:05 pm – 4:30 pm

    Break and Book Signing

  • 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm World War II in Memory: Germany, Japan and the United States Today — A Roundtable Discussion

    Nick Mueller, PhD Gerhard Weinberg, PhD Alexandra Richie, DPhil Hans van de Ven, PhD

    Oral History Showcase: "Lest We Forget: The Oral History Collection at The National WWII Museum"

  • 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

    Shuttle Service from Hyatt Regency to Museum for Closing Banquet

  • 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm : Closing Banquet

    Banquet takes place at The National WWII Museum in US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center



    Introduction and Remarks

    George P. Shultz Forum on World Affairs The Courage to Remember: PTSD—From Trauma to Triumph Lester Tenney, PhD, Bataan Death March Survivor

    Audience Q&A

    Closing Remarks

  • 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm

    Book Signing and Shuttle Rotations from Museum to Hyatt Regency


All topics and speakers are subject to change


US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

At a time when the freedom of the world hung in the balance, Americans answered the call. During World War II more than 16 million men and women served in uniform, and an untold number of citizens of all ages doing their part on the Home Front. Theirs are the contributions we honor in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

Exhibits, interactive experiences, and a fleet of WWII vehicles and warbirds paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war—those who answered the call of service and those who supported our fighting forces by producing vital machinery in unprecedented quantities.

This is the story of America at war on land, in the air, and at sea, told in a way that will fully engage the senses, mind, and heart.

Headquarters Hotel

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113

This AAA Four Diamond hotel features 1,193 sophisticated guestrooms with breathtaking city views and 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art event space, making it the largest hotel meeting and exhibition space in New Orleans.

Enjoy award-winning cuisine at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar, Vitascope Hall, Borgne, Q Smokery & Cafe, and Pizza Consegna. Coffee and snacks are also available at the hotel’s Starbucks or Lagniappe Exchange, a 24-hour fresh market and gift shop.

With a prime downtown location, the hotel offers easy access to the Big Easy’s most exciting attractions, including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Champions Square, and The National WWII Museum. The Loyola Avenue Streetcar passes directly in front of the hotel, and the historic French Quarter and Mississippi Riverfront are located just one mile away.

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